Glissmeyer 68 Leads Trojans At NCAA Championships
May 30, 2007
Sophomore Tom Glissmeyer is tied for seventh after firing a 2-under 68, leading the No. 5 USC men's golf team on the first day of the 2007 NCAA Championships final at the Golden Horseshoe G.C. in Williamsburg, Va., on Wednesday (May 30).
On a day when only six teams finished under par, USC finished the first round a combined 9-over 289, tied for 22nd. Stanford secured the first-round lead with a 5-under 275.
The Trojans, who won the 2007 Pac-10 team title and tied for third at the NCAA West Regional, were squarely in the thick of things after the front 9, but ran into trouble on the back 9, where the five USC players were a combined 14-over.
Glissmeyer, one of three Trojans who were named to the GCAA Division I Ping All-Pacific Region team on Wednesday along with Jamie Lovemark and Rory Hie, was 4-under on the front 9 with birdies on the 1st, 5th, 6th and 9th holes.
He gave a little bit back on the back 9 with one more birdie and three bogeys. Still, the 68 was his 10th round in the 60s this season and third in a row. He is four shots back of individual leader Rob Grube of Stanford (6-under 64).
Hie was USC's second-highest finisher, recovering from a shaky start to secure a 1-over 71, tied for 51st. A foreboding bogey-double bogey start to his round was tempered with a birdie on 3 and Hie fought his way to a 2-over front 9 that included only two pars. His back 9 was much less eventful, a birdie on 17 lowering him to 1-over on the day.
Lovemark, Golfweek.com's top-ranked golfer entering the tournament, opened with six consecutive pars before a bogey on 7 and a birdie on 9. He then uncharacteristically bogeyed four of the next five holes to go 4-over, but eagled the par 5 15th hole and posted pars on the final three holes for a 2-over 72, tied for 66th.
The round ended a streak of seven straight rounds in the 60s for Lovemark (his second of the season), but did extend his streak of rounds of 72 or lower to 11.
Seniors Joshua Wooding and Jordan Nasser both finished with 8-over 78s, tied for 146th. Wooding's round looked promising early after an eagle on the par 5 6th hole left him even a third of the way through. He was still only 2-over after 11 holes, but triple bogeys on the 12th and 15th holes gutted his round.
Nasser was 3-over after nine holes, but gave up another five strokes on the first four holes after the turn and another on 16. A birdie on 18 to close the round was his first of the day.
USC will start with UCLA and Florida for the second day in a row, beginning play off the 10th hole at 7:20 a.m. (EDT).
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